Teen Cooking Camp: Pastry Basics
$995 per person
San Francisco Cooking Camps are 5-consecutive day sessions that offer your kids access to high-quality ingredients, top-notch tools, attentive instruction, and tons of fun. This camp is ideal for kids with a demonstrated passion for food and cooking who want to spend each day rolling up their sleeves to learn some amazing new recipes
What You'll Learn
By the end of the class, you will:
- Know how to prep for any baking project, including a thorough understanding of ingredients and how they work
- Understand the principals of choux pastry and how to pipe it for a variety of eclairs and cream puffs
- Master a flaky, butter master dough for pies, tarts, and cookies
- Understand how to construct a multi-layer celebration cake and decorate it like a pro
About This Class
Does your teenager love to help out in the kitchen? Do you fear they may spend their summer only watching cooking shows? If you’ve got kids who dream of a career in food, or just want to cook with more confidence, this one-week camp is exactly what they need.
San Francisco Cooking Camp: Pastry Basics for Teens is aimed at mature teens who are passionate in the kitchen and hungry to learn more about all aspects of pastry. Each day will focus on core fundamentals through hands-on learning. Rather than simply having them memorize recipes, we will help your teens understand more about how things work in the kitchen and, via a variety of methods and techniques, they will become more intuitive and comfortable with a variety of homemade pastries. Eclairs, Pies, Cookies, and even gorgeously decorated Cakes will all be part of the program.
The week culminates with the class turning our kitchen into a “bakeshop” for friends and family, with a menu conceived and prepared by your kids. Where better to kick of a life-long love of pastry than in the professional kitchen of San Francisco Cooking School?
Camp Schedule: 9 am – 3 pm, Monday through Friday from July 23rd – July 27th OR August 6th – August 10th
Note: Our Cooking Camps are intensive and hands-on. We cover a lot of material and will also have a lot of fun! The environment is stellar for curious cooks but we do not offer alternate activities should your kids not be interested in the curriculum. Safety and sanitation are our top priorities and we will be diligent in enforcing the rules of the kitchen to make sure everyone is working safely.
Day 1: Choux, Tart Doughs
Day 2: Tart Bake-Off & Cookies
Day 3: Cookie Bake-Off, Cake Batters and Frosting
Day 4: Cake Assembly and Decoration
Day 5: Choux, Tart and Cake Assembly + Bakery Showcase
- Full meal served in class
- Work in teams
- Five-session series
- Ages 13-17
The average duration of our cooking classes is 4 hours, and they are broken down into three segments: Introductory lecture or demo, hands-on cooking, and eating.
The class will begin with a short discussion or demo from your instructor. After, you can expect to work either on a team or individually to prepare the class menu. As a group, your class will prepare the selected menu in its entirety. In most classes, not every student will make every dish.
Learning happens throughout the class, and your instructor will often call out key techniques as they happen in each recipe.
Most classes conclude by sitting down as a group to eat what you’ve prepared, followed by a discussion of each recipe. You will leave with a copy of the recipe packet and a working knowledge of every dish that was made so you can recreate them at home.
Doors open 15 minutes before the class start time.
You do not need to bring anything with you to class, unless otherwise noted in the class description. The kitchens at SFCS are fully equipped and aprons, recipes, equipment, food and wine are all provided for you.
In most classes, you will be sitting down to eat a complete meal that you have prepared along with your classmates. Since this typically occurs towards the end of the class period, an appetizer or small plate is usually prepared early on in class. However, you’re welcome to additionally have a snack before you arrive or bring one with you.
Please note, for our Baking & Pastry classes, a light meal will be provided for you.
We suggest wearing casual clothing you can easily move around in, and highly recommend wearing comfortable closed-toe shoes. Long hair should be pulled back.